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Rochester General Hospital Recognized For Its Care of Stroke Patients

December 07, 2012

Rochester General Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award.  The award recognizes Rochester General’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.

To qualify for this prestigious award, Rochester General achieved an 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals, and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care.

In addition to the Get With The Guideline-Stroke award, Rochester General, has also been recognized as a recipient of the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll, for improving stroke care.  Over the past quarter, at least 50 percent of eligible ischemic stroke patients have received  IV rt-PA within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital (known as ‘door-to-needle’ time).

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award demonstrates Rochester General’s commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care,” said Cheryl Wood, NP and the hospital’s Stroke Program Coordinator. “We will continue with our focus on providing care that has been shown in the scientific literature to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with evidence-based protocols,”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability.  On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every three minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.